This I Believe

Janice - Rossville, Georgia
Entered on July 8, 2007
Age Group: 30 - 50
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I Believe in the Little Moments

I believe many things, such as going for a drive in the mountains with my parents, taking long walks on the beach with my husband, and letting my children express their perspective. However trying to choose what I believe most is difficult. I believe in the little moments. I believe in the little moments because they are what make the world a nicer place.

Some of the little moments I believe that put a smile on people’s faces are seeing a toddler trying to walk for the first time, watching children fly a kite, or going for a walk in the woods and seeing a fawn with its mother. I went to my families’ thirtieth reunion the other day. While I was there, I experienced one of the little moments. I watched the younger generation as they sat with the older generation listening to stories about past family reunions. Moments like these put a smile on my face. I want to share this happiness.

The little moments that influence me to do nice things for other people in return are when a stranger drives by and waves, someone picking up something for someone if they have their hands full, or someone with more groceries letting the person behind them in front because they only have two items. A few months ago I pulled in the gas station to get gas. An older gentleman came up to me and told me I had a low tire. He checked all of my tires and aired up the low tire. Later that week I passed a car sitting on the side of the road. I stopped to see if they needed help. I let them use my jumper cables and a pair of pliers. As I sat there, I thought of the gentleman that had helped me and hoped I had influenced this coupled as he had influenced me. Moments like these have influenced me to be nice to people. The moments like these are a domino effect, one person is nice to me in a little moment, and I am nice to someone else in another little moment, and so on.

On the worst day, I can experience one of these little moments and it makes my day better. The little moments have put a smile on my face. They have influenced me to be nicer to other people. The little moments make the world a nicer place. This is why I believe in the little moments.